Spring Patrons Party 2017

JH 67 East 93rd Exterior Reference copy

Save the date! Dick Jenrette, Margize Howell, and Peter Kenny cordially invite you to join us for cocktails at The George F. Baker House in New York City. Thursday, May 18th, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 67 East 93rd Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. Tickets $100 per person. Donors who have given $1000 and up (1/1/16 to present), please come as our guest and use code “Spring 2017” at check-out. Click here to reserve a ticket.   Questions about this or any other CAHPT event/programs, please call (212) 369-4460. If you cannot attend this event, but would like to …more

Americana Week 2017

Americana Week - Baker house hall way party, lighter - option 2[1]

Classical American Homes was pleased to welcome friends visiting for the Winter Antiques Show at the George F. Baker house on Tuesday, January 17.   This annual gathering is hosted along with Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur, and we were pleased to see so many friendly faces join us this year!  Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette, which he graciously opened for the evening. [continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, along with Bill Reiss of Colonial Williamsburg, Frank Vagnone of Old Salem/MESDA, and Dave …more

Emerging Scholars


Sunday, January 22, 2017 Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. The speakers gave short lectures describing an exciting range of new discoveries. This event was sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Presentations included lectures by: Daniel Ackermann, Department of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on “Conformable to that of the waters: Cultural Confluence in the Decorative Arts of Early Kentucky”. Emelie Gevalt, …more

2016 in Review

Photo by John Teague (www.johnteaguephotography.com)

This past year has been a celebratory one! With Classical American Homes and our respective Co-Presidents being the recipients of awards in the field, new programs such as the Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions workshop offered, the unveiling of a bridge at Ayr Mount, and the 175th Anniversary of Millford, and more! Read on. Wunsch Award – Peter Kenny and Morrison Heckscher Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, were the honorees of the 2016 Wunsch Award. Christie’s hosted the fourth annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 20th, …more

Tours – Autumn 2016


Friends and Visitors Tours at our houses in New York to South Carolina As we transition into the last quarter of our 2016 tour season, each of the houses remaining very busy with tours and special events. Since Labor Day, the following groups have visited Edgewater: The Clark Art Institute, the Rockford Art Museum, Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Historic New England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Collectors from Laguna Beach, California. At the Baker House, there was also a presentation and cocktail reception for the Friends of Boscobel House and Gardens, a …more

Annual Appeal

Dick Jenrette at the Roper House in Charleston, S.C.

This coming year will mark the 60th year since I first set foot on Wall Street, a place that today, more than ever, seems enamored with the search for “disruptive” new technologies. In our day, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a firm I founded with two Harvard Business School classmates that went on to become the first publicly-owned New York Stock Exchange member firm, was certainly disruptive. But I never really liked the word disruptive. What has all this got to do with historic preservation and Classical American Homes? Some things need to be disrupted and changed, but equal zeal is often required …more

Spring Patrons Party 2015

Margize Howell, Dick Jenrette, William Ivey Long, Ken Jenning, and Andy Johnson.

Over 150 friends from around the country joined us at the George F. Baker Houses in New York City for our annual Spring Patrons Party. Every year we host this gathering as an opportunity to thank our donors and friends for their support. This is a special time where we get to greet faces, some new and many familiar. In fact, last year we had 200 new donors, and many came out for this event. It was especially nice to see a new generation of young adults there. [continued below…] The George F. Baker Houses were designed by the architectural firm Delano & …more

Annual Report


Dear friends, donors and preservationists, We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013. This report features Ayr Mount, the first historic house given by Richard H. Jenrette to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, beautiful new images of the house, as well as reflections on our programs and activities from the past year. Highlights include: CAHPT celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ayr Mount’s opening as a house museum and looking forward to the upcoming 200th Birthday of this elegant, historic 1815 house. This report is now available online – please click here to download a digital version …more